September issue no. 237
June/July 2015 issue no. 252


On Sale: May 26, 2015
Subscribers should receive this issue by May 18th.

On the Cover:
Zero energy and neighborhood friendly

HOUSES 2015:
Read the issue online.




Articles
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BUILD YOUR OWN BATHROOM VANITY
by Justin Fink
This traditional design is easily achieved with straightforward building materials and common power tools

Web Extra: Step-by-step Slide Show: 33 additional photos to help you with the build.

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BUILT ON THE PAST, DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE
by Matthew Swett
A new home embraces zero-energy living while respecting its historic neighbors

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DON'T BE AFRAID TO SPRAY
by Philip Hansell
The basic setup, operation, and maintenance of this versatile, labor-saving tool is a lot easier than you think

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ARE DRAINABLE HOUSEWRAPS ENOUGH?
by Justin Fink
They’re a good start, but keeping your house dry and free of rot may require more than just drainage

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A HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO DECK PERMITS
by Glenn Mathewson
A building inspector explains the bureaucracy that gets you from plans to permits

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SIMPLE SHADE STRUCTURE TAMES THE SUN
by Robert Shaw
Create a handsome pergola with rough-sawn cedar and readily available hardware

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FOUR STEPS TO FLASH A DORMER
by Mike Guertin
This leak-free approach begins with an impenetrable corner detail

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Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

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LETTERS
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HOW IT WORKS
Ground-source heat pumps

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TIPS & TECHNIQUES
A Deck with Skirtboards
Fine-Tuned Scissor Lift
Protect Your Outside Air Conditioner
Water for Cutting Stone
Protecting Stairs During Drywall Installation
Problem-Free Diagonal-Tile Spacing
Free Paint—Color TBD
Fixing Splinters

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TOOLS & MATERIALS
SawStop Jobsite Tablesaw
Bosch REAXX Tablesaw
Simpson Strong-Tie DTT1Z Deck Tension Tie
Snap Power's Guidelight
FLIR TG165 Spot Thermometer
Veritas Drywall Nuts

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Demolition Tools: Pry Bars and Nail Pullers

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PROJECT GALLERY
Island Adventures

Project Gallery: View or post your own projects here

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Q&A
Running pipes through joists
Draining a basement clothes washer
When is an 18v battery a 20v battery?
Insulating a wall in an old house

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ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Creating a Sealed Crawlspace

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BUILDING SKILLS
Splicing Wires

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DRAWING BOARD
Outdoor Grilling Stations

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TAILGATE
Steve Thomas: Navigator

Web Extra: Extended interview

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FINISHING TOUCH
New-Life Gazebo

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